The Japanese operator of container ship ONE Apus (IMO 9806079) – Ocean Network Express (ONE) – has said that the process of removing collapsed container stacks from the vessel was now under way at the port of Kobe, Japan, but that the work was progressing only slowly
Surveyors contracted to inspect the damaged cargo and containers on the vessel said that discharging operations were likely take several more weeks.
As of January 7th, 232 containers had been removed.
ONE said in an update this week that that unloading had resumed on January 5th, but noted that another month would be required to complete the operation.
A decision on whether to declare general average has yet to be taken.
Marine claims consultancy WK Webster said that it was now “well known that a general average surveyor has been on board to assess the situation and has reported to the shipowners. General average has not been declared at this stage, but cannot yet be ruled out, although the likelihood of a declaration is considered to be receding as time progresses”.
Late in November the ONE Apus was under way from Yantian, China to Long Beach, California when it encountered a storm about 1,600nm northwest of Hawaii. The vessel suffered an enormous container stack collapse, losing an estimated 1,816 boxes over the side, more than 60 of them declared as containing dangerous goods. The master first diverted the vessel but then aborted the trans-Pacific voyage and headed for a port of refuge in Japan. It arrived in Kobe on December 8th.
The salvors discharged 50 boxes between December 8th and December 22nd. A further 76 boxes were removed by December 31st.
Thousands of containers remained on deck.
Discharging operations and inspections were suspended during the Japan New Year holiday, which runs from December 30th through to January 4th. ONE said that cargo owners would be contacted for arrangements once more information was available.
2019-built, Japan-flagged, 146,694 gt One Apus is owned by Chidori Ship Holding LLC care of manager NYK Line of Tokyo, Japan. ISM manager is NYK Shipmanagement Pte Ltd of Singapore. It is entered with Japan Club (Singapore Office in Charge) on behalf of Chidori Shipholding LLC.